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Larger baits vs smaller baits debate #12551341
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When targeting larger fish outside the spawn what is your opinion regarding using primarily larger lures? Our home lake is a highly pressured, gin clear, extremely tough lake. You have to just about use a folded $100 bill as a trailer to get a bite on a jig there. They just donít eat it good. Weíve all heard Lg. baits = Lg. fish -but even on super tough water? My fishing partner and I have an ongoing debate: he is a large bait guy (Jigs, swimbaits, glide baits etc.) and Iím more of a finesse guy (4 inch worms, Ned rigs etc.). I always want to scale down and he always wants to scale up. His philosophy is obviously big baits get big bites not dink bites. My philosophy is I wanna give em an easy meal they can slurp up with little or no effort. Results havenít really been that great either way on our lake Ė again outside of the spawn. Opinions?

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Re: Larger baits vs smaller baits debate [Re: craigfish] #12551360
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Live Bait


We didn't catch 60+,might have boatd in the 30
should,we didn't have fun expept alot more thie time of yearhope you get ready you'll be calling mr or E-MILK to a foods donatiom,,,Arter drin some red bullmdnd Vodlea
Re: Larger baits vs smaller baits debate [Re: Douglas J] #12551374
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Originally Posted By: Doug R.
Live Bait


Big ones! roflmao


A good rule of angling philosphy is not to interfere with another fisherman's ways of being happy, unless you want to be hated.

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Re: Larger baits vs smaller baits debate [Re: craigfish] #12551380
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I believe big baits catch bigger fish just not numbers. I also believe certain baits get bigger bites but i dont know anything , my boat only goes 30 mphs

Re: Larger baits vs smaller baits debate [Re: craigfish] #12551382
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Panfish anglers rarely go out and avoid hooking up with a few bass, some of decent size. I have caught up to 4 lbs. bass on a #7 jig head hook and 2 lbs. braid.

The issue is if you are fishing anywhere near structure, they can wrap you up quickly. Spinning tackle isn't very conducive to over-powering fish so it can be problematic.

But, small baits work great. On the other hand, who hasn't seen a minnow-sized bass hanging off one of the 14" big swimbaits. Ha!

It goes both ways: big fish on small baits; small fish on big baits.

Brad

Re: Larger baits vs smaller baits debate [Re: YAKaddict] #12551415
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Originally Posted By: YAKaddict
I believe big baits catch bigger fish just not numbers. I also believe certain baits get bigger bites but i dont know anything , my boat only goes 30 mphs
you need a faster boat to catch bigger fish.

Haha.

Little baits/ big baits (within reason) catch all sizes. Of course a Huddleston isn't gonna catch too many small fish.


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Re: Larger baits vs smaller baits debate [Re: craigfish] #12551429
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I have caught big fish from crappie jigs to 10XDs-12" baits, just have to fish the climates at hand.


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Re: Larger baits vs smaller baits debate [Re: craigfish] #12551466
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Iíve caught my 2 biggest bass on a 1/4 oz spinner bait. I have caught good fish on big baits as well. I will continue to use both

Re: Larger baits vs smaller baits debate [Re: craigfish] #12551480
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It is not the size of the bait within reason as mentioned. It is about getting on feeding fish and using a bait within reason that has all the things that Big Bass are looking for. Your parts are the key. The clearer the water the more important it is to get it all put together to make that bait as real as possible.
- Sight: Match everything form the size and species that they are feeding on to the colors they are feeding on. That can be anything from Bait fish of all kinds, Crayfish, small snakes and any other critter that comes off the bank which introduces some top water action.
- Sound: It must be putting out the right tune as it moves through the water. Sometimes that is subtle and sometimes it is loud.
- Vibration: It must have the right thump to bring them to the bait and that goes both ways also.
- Smell and Taste: I am big on scent and want the bait leaving a trail of scent. I want that scent to be as natural to what they are use to eating as possible. The three most natural are Minnow, Night Crawler and Crayfish. It absolutely comes into play with masking the human odor and gives you that extra second as they hold on longer.

Are these the little things that matter? No, they are the big things that sew up the deal.


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Re: Larger baits vs smaller baits debate [Re: YAKaddict] #12551573
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Originally Posted By: YAKaddict
I believe big baits catch bigger fish just not numbers. I also believe certain baits get bigger bites but i dont know anything , my boat only goes 30 mphs

I must know less than you - my boat tops out at about 25mph.


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Re: Larger baits vs smaller baits debate [Re: Marooned] #12551584
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Originally Posted By: YAKaddict
I believe big baits catch bigger fish just not numbers. I also believe certain baits get bigger bites but i dont know anything , my boat only goes 30 mphs

I must know less than you - my boat tops out at about 25mph.

Put racing stripes on your boat, that instantly adds 5 mphs

Re: Larger baits vs smaller baits debate [Re: craigfish] #12551720
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High pressure + clear water = fish at night..... problem solved for targeting big bass since that's most likely when they are feeding

Re: Larger baits vs smaller baits debate [Re: Donald Harper] #12551732
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Something I was wondering on the scent, do minnows and shad smell the same? Iím just wondering because it seems like bass eat more shad than minnows. Iím not being a smart butt, I am genuinely wanting to know.

Re: Larger baits vs smaller baits debate [Re: craigfish] #12551763
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2 of the last 3 Sharelunker size Bass ( between 13 and 14 lbs ) caught out of our local lake were caught on crappie jigs in January, watched someone in a little Pelican 1 man boat battle a giant right off the end of my dock, he caught on a Zebco 33 trolling for sandbass with a 2" yellow jig
and it's like yours Gin clear water most of the time

Re: Larger baits vs smaller baits debate [Re: craigfish] #12552222
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